Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Indian Coleslaw - inspired by Rowan Atkinson...

One of my favourite sketches of all time is Rowan Atkinson's monologue where he plays an impeccably polite Indian waiter faced with a crowd of drunken Englishmen. The "deceptively flat" floor. A "medium spiced" dish. "No no don't worry sir, better out than in". "Just some poppadums, and salad and yoghurt and sh*t"...

Anyway, we had curry for tea.New potato & pea curry, daal, rice, all knocked up in a very quick curry sauce that I have never got round to putting up here. I will, never fear.

Today, it's the turn of the "sh*t". Inspired mainly by the kohlrabi that appeared in the veg box, I doubt this is at all authentic, but when I think of curry, I always think of that sketch - and that "sh*t" - that is, the accompaniements. 

When we have curry, we are never without some chutney - no need to make, I have all I need thanks to Geeta.

On the salad front, well, I give you

Indian Coleslaw

Serves 4

3 carrots, grated
1 kohlrabi, grated
4 spring onions, finely shredded
1 heaped tsp cumin seeds
juice of half a lemon 
handful finely chopped coriander

Mix together the carrots, kohlrabi & spring onion in a dish, and stir through most of the lemon juice.

Toast the cumin seeds in a frying pan til they release their aromas, then stir through the grated veg. Taste, add in the rest of the lemon juice if you like and stir through the coriander.

Serve with your curry.

Of course it's absolutely not "sh*t" and if you haven't seen the sketch, you really much because it's such a great portrayal of absolutely the worst type of English drunken behaviour. Grab a bottle of your favourite lager and enjoy.


  1. Enjoyed that! Remember going to see Rowan Atkinson in Belfast many, many years ago - he walked on stage and pulled a face - that's all he had to do, and everyone laughed non-stop for about 2 minutes.

    Btw the pork fillet and coriander was a huge hit (liking ginger wine!) Definitely make it again :)

    1. He is so funny - not so keen on Mr Bean (although the kids love it) or Jonny English, but there we go.


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